STS National Database

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. As of January 1, 2018, the STS National Database has four components, each focusing on a different area of cardiothoracic surgery—Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery, as well as mechanical circulatory support via the Intermacs Database. The Database has grown exponentially over the years, both in terms of participation and stature.

View maps with the locations of STS National Database participants here.


Live Webinars - All Data Managers Welcome

You are invited to participate in a series of live, monthly webinars to get an update on the exciting changes under way to the STS National Database. Registration is not required for the webinars, but you will need to sign in with your name and email address to participate.

The webinars will be recorded and available online within 48 hours from the STS National Database Webinars page.

Update on Launch of the Next Generation STS National Database

In early 2020, a major transformation will take place to the STS National Database and three of its component databases—the ACSD, the GTSD, and the CHSD.

Beginning on January 1, IQVIA—a leading global provider of technology solutions—will become the new warehouse for the Database; the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will remain the analytics center for the Database.IQVIA will help speed innovation, incorporate a cloud-based system, significantly streamline data collection (ACSD), offer rapid data access, and new dashboard reporting.

User testing begins soon! A cross section of users—surgeons and data managers from across the country—will “test drive” the new dashboards and other technological enhancements. Expanded pilot testing will ramp up toward the end of the year.

During the AQO Meeting, attendees will see the new cloud-based, interactive dashboards, and IQVIA will demonstrate how you can easily sort your data, conduct targeted searches, and compare your outcomes to various benchmarks.

Your feedback will be crucial throughout the phased-in launch. 

Recent Updates

STS National Database Webinars

This monthly webinar series will keep you informed about the latest STS National Database developments and help you fully utilize the technological advancements and new features that soon will be available. The webinars will be recorded and available for viewing online.


Data Manager Mentorship Program

STS is now offering a mentorship program for data managers. Experienced data managers will be paired with those who are seeking advice related to data abstraction. Sign up as either a mentor or mentee.


CHSD v3.41 Takes Effect

Version 3.41 of the CHSD is in effect as of January 1, 2019. Data collection resources, including the training manual, data collection form, data specifications, and itemized changes, are available.


Clinical Question Request Form

Are you struggling with a clinical question regarding data abstraction? Fill out the Clinical Question Request Form and get a response within 30 days.


Data Analysis Reports

STS National Database participants can log in here to access their Data Analysis Reports, AFib Reports, and Anesthesia Reports.


Join the Database

The STS National Database has become the gold standard for clinical registries. Find out how you can become involved, discover opportunities for international participants, and get information on participation fees.

HIPAA Information

The execution of the Participation Agreement and the Appendix I: Business Associate Contract & Data Use Agreement acknowledges that Participants, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Duke Clinical Research Institute agree to comply with all statutes and regulations, under federal and state laws, concerning patient privacy and data security, including but not limited to the privacy regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or "HIPAA."